We've all seen the bracelets with WWJD – What Would Jesus Do?
It was inspired by the classic book, In His Steps, written in 1896 by Charles M. Sheldon:
“When a homeless man confronts the parishioners of First Church of Raymond with their lack of Christlike mercy, the trajectory of their lives is forever changed.
Embarrassed and convicted, Pastor Henry Maxwell challenges the congregation to commit to a full year of life beyond Christianity as usual. Before every decision, they will ask themselves one question: What would Jesus do?
But the congregation finds that this is easier said than done, as family strife, politics, and scorned lovers test their resolve—and they soon see how a simple question can cause major ripples far beyond their quiet little church.”– From the book description
It's a great, thought-provoking book and well worth reading. You can get a copy on Amazon.
In His Steps
If you really want to walk In His Steps, I can think of an even better book to read. The Bible. Read the Bible and you will see the answer with your own eyes. We see exactly what Jesus did:
- How He communicated with the Father
- The way He relied on the leading of the Holy Spirit
- The love and care he showed people
Okay, so following in the footsteps of Jesus is pretty simple. We need to listen to the Father, lean on the Holy Spirit and love people.
Of course, love needs to look like something.
The love of Jesus was practical. He wasn't just “nice.” He actually healed people and set them free in spirit, soul, and body. He demonstrated love with power!
“I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.”– John 14:12
WWJD ? That's What YOU Should Do
Does stepping out in faith to walk in the footsteps of Jesus sound risky? It sure does to me! But isn't disobedience the biggest risk of all? If we're not seeing miracles in our midst, I believe it's because we are unwilling to step out and do what Jesus did.
It's time to take this whole WWJD thing to the next level!
Think about the last time you dared to Do What Jesus Did.
What were the results?
Today's Affirmation: I am an imitator of God.